I am 99 percent conservation minded. The 1 missing percent is because I have a big problem with regeneration of Fynbos or other biomes that have been completely disturbed. Focus your money on what we have left than do a poor regeneration job on soil and ground that has been so destroyed. As Okie and BB state from historical records, Yellow Woods used to grow in Hout Bay. BUT
they have cut down
all the Yellow Woods
in Cecilia forest in the last few months...why?? Who is doing the research into something that we are not sure about and even as mentioned in my first post we have no idea how successful regeneration will be. Just a couple of hundred km from here Yellow Woods are heavily protected. Something is wrong here. Its like getting rid of all endangered animals that are protected in areas they didnt previously exist in...whats happened to having back up options in the world we have so badly damaged already?
SANParks is well aware that to get full support and have a bright future, they must understand the needs of the surrounding communities, no matter the income level. The needs of many have been overlooked in this area and there are a lot of unhappy people such as Jonathans. These unhappy people do not bode well for future support of TMNP/SANParks work in the area.
Even if we can only restore 30% of the original vegetation, we must do it. I am fortunate enough to live close to the mountain, and also enjoy walks through the forest. My route being in and around Newlands Forest up to the contour path to Rhodes Memorial, and Kirstenbosch.
It is eerie moving from sections of natural vegetation to Pine forests. You actually move from a noisy environment full of bird calls and insect noises to silence, with the distant sounds of the city. You move from various vegetation to a barren land with only pine trees, no other vegetation due to the acidity of the pines. Not even weeds on the floor, just soil and pine cones. No birds, no insects nothing.
@Lion Whisperer...Hi, wherever you are in the world Pine Forests are not renowned for high species diversity. All the ones on TMNP have as good a diversity as those in Europe in terms of birds and mammals. I have recorded about 10 species of large raptor in these forests as well as porcupine, genet, Puff Adders and others. I see as much 'Magefauna' here in terms of many raptors that use these forests for roosting/breeding.
Bush Baptist wrote:
Water is also a consideration. The pines are moosa thirsty.
@ Bush Baptist...true but according to the article which I read, most water that falls on TMNP goes straight into the sea. Its not in a catchment area as such. Carbon emissions are in fact a greater worry and as stated again in the article, having a forest will trap up carbon in the form of wood.
To me the obvious solution would have been to look at regenerating small patches of these forests. Say 1 hectare at a time to see how successfully the regeneration would have worked on these once pine tree covered soils. It looked like this was already attempted many years ago, but if that was the case regenerations certainly wasn't looking that impressive.
Anyway this is definitely not the last of this issue. In fact there is more and more support growing against this poor decision making whereby the public was completely excluded after a big initial outcry.
I am sure interested to see where this one goes.